Swenson comments on cost of economic development, jobs

September 12, 2017

David SwensonDavid Swenson, associate scientist, talked with Jeff Stein, KXEL Radio news director, about the value of state and local economic development subsidies for job growth in Iowa.

He also spoke with Jeff Stein, IowaWatch.com, about the $1.3 billion Apple data center that comes with a price for Iowans: some $208 million in state and local tax breaks for a facility that company officials project will create at least 50 new jobs.

This IowaWatch Connection podcast includes analysis from Iowa native Christine Romans, a CNN financial reporter who graduated from Iowa State University; Quentin Hart, mayor of Waterloo, Iowa, which became embroiled in its own tax break controversy in 2017; Ernie Goss, an economist at Creighton University; and Swenson.

Dar Danielson, Radio Iowa and Sue Danielson, WHO Radio, and Dan Mika, Ames Tribune about the paper "Evaluating the Higher-Level Skill Content of the Iowa Workforce and Its Competitiveness with the Rest of the Nation."

Swenson also spoke with Chris Kahn, U.S. Political Polling Editor, Thomson Reuters on factors in rural areas of Iowa and the Midwest that would explain continued erosion in support for President Trump since inauguration.

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